Anna Maria Island Vacation Rentals

Welcome to Anna Maria Island, situated on the Coast of Manatee County, Florida, USA just south of Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island is a barrier island only 7 miles long from north to south. Find your perfect lodging accommodations with Owner Direct vacation rentals, where we offer vacation rental properties including condo rentals and villa rentals.

Anna Maria Island offers postcard perfect, sugar white sand beaches and gorgeous crystal clear aqua waters. With an average year-round temperature of 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit), this is the perfect vacation paradise. The best way to explore the island is by foot, take a walk along the shell lined shores, or stroll along the main streets as you wander in and out of shops or stop at an open air bistro to savour the local catch of the day. Should you tire of walking there is also a free trolley service which is available at many stops and villas around the island. It is nice to know that you will never be far from your accommodation or villa rental.

This Florida Island offers plenty of arts and culture which is sure to delight and inspire. There is the Island Players live theatre, the South Florida Aquarium, the Jungle Gardens and the South Florida Museum to name but a few places to see. Deep sea fishing charters are available or if golf is your sport of choice check out one of the numerous courses. Anna Maria Island is home to a large variety of tropical songbirds and island wildlife. The sea turtles which come to shore from the months of May - October to nest are a fascinating sight to experience.

Beautiful scenery, warm weather and friendly locals make Anna Maria Island a place sure to impress. With so many accommodations to choose from, Owner Direct Vacation Rentals can help you book your perfect vacation rental whether you are looking for a condo rental or villa rental. Check out the last minute accommodation deals under villa rentals.

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About Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island is located on Florida’s southern coast, just south of Tampa Bay. The island is known for world class beaches, welcoming people and a laid-back lifestyle. It has 3 main towns including, The City of Anna Maria, which is located in the north of the island and is a friendly residential community. The largest city is Holmes Beach and is located in the centre; it is the commercial centre of the island and has three miles of gorgeous white, sandy beaches. Lastly, Bradenton Beach boasts old Florida charm, calm docks and stretches to the southern tip of the island.

The Island is easily accessible by car, over 2 bridges from the mainland, as well as having two major airports. With year round sunshine and a warm tropical climate Anna Maria Island is a stunning place to visit.

Anna Maria Island is a quaint Barrier Island nestled in the Gulf of Mexico. Beautiful turquoise waters and white sandy beaches are the main attraction here. It is a place where "old" Florida charm can still be found, flip flops are a way of life and the speed limit never exceeds 35mph. High rise condos and fast food restaurants are pleasantly absent from our pristine "get away from it all" island. Our accommodations and  restaurants offer something for everyone. From quaint cottages by the sea to deluxe suites, from million-dollar villas to rustic cottages to own, one visit to Anna Maria Island and you will be calling it, "My island in the sun".

Anna Maria Island: Low-key pleasures rule on this slice of Old Florida
Written By: Diane Bair and Pamela Wright

...Even by Sunshine State standards, Anna Maria is one mellow joint. There is exactly one high-rise building here, which somehow sneaked past the town planners, but otherwise, three stories is the limit. Fast-food franchises are few. Mom-and-pop-type motels and cottage colonies rule. Stores sell such vacation necessities as inflatable alligators and purple Slurpees. “This island is 40 years behind the times,’’ resident Linda Haack told us. “It’s like the rest of Florida used to be, just beaches, palm trees, and pelicans.’’

True. Once you’ve crossed the drawbridge from Bradenton to Anna Maria, you feel the decades fall away. And stress? What stress? Within minutes of squishing our toes in the sand, we were seduced by the slo-mo rhythm of this easygoing island.

Hit the beach. It’s all about the beach. Luxuriously wide, and fringed by sea oats and Australian pines, Anna Maria’s crushed-coral beach is as soft as powdered sugar

Strictly by accident, while looking for a place called Beer Can Island, we discovered a great walk: the Coquina Baywalk at Leffis Key. A rustic footbridge and boardwalk traverse tidal lagoons and shallows rich with birdlife (it’s one of the spots along the Great Florida Birding Trail). A closer look reveals a medley of sea creatures such as blue and fiddler crabs, whelks, and ruffled, snail-like mollusks called ragged sea hares.
Dining out was a happy surprise. Who knew this tiny islet would have some of the best fine dining in the state? We splurged on great meals at the widely-acclaimed Beach Bistro, and at Euphemia Haye, on Longboat Key, but the island’s casual, cheaper restaurants won us over, too.
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